Award Year: 2019

Wheaton Academy

900 Prince Crossing Road
West Chicago, IL, 60185-5136

(630) 562-7500

Mrs. Kori Hockett, Principal at time of Nomination

Wheaton Academy School District

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The mission of Wheaton Academy is to nurture growth in students through relationships, excellence, and service to the glory of God.

Student Demographics
  • Black/African American: 6%
  • White: 71%
  • Hispanic: 3%
  • Asian: 11%
  • Native American: 1%
  • Two or more races: 8%
Wheaton Academy students in the Idea Lab.

Wheaton Academy students in the Idea Lab.

Wheaton Academy is a special place to learn because students are in an environment that serves as an accelerant to their learning and growth. Our foundational beliefs in glorifying God through helping every student build relationships with adults who will invest in them has led us to build our school culture on three key philosophies.

First, we have built a mature student culture, where students are treated as adults, trusted with high expectations, given real responsibility, and held accountable to honor the trust and opportunities they have been given.

Second, we have instituted a college readiness initiative where, in addition to holding students to high academic standards, we seek to develop perseverance, social intelligence, self-control, passion, gratitude, and hope. These character traits are integral to ensure that students not only have the intellectual knowledge, but the habits and emotional intelligence to succeed in college and beyond. All of our teachers, coaches, sponsors, and chaperones find ways to build these key habits in our students.

Finally, we have sought to create a "Kingdom Community," where students who are different come together and seek to respect, empathize, learn from, honor, and act in ways where these differences benefit our community instead of dividing it. These philosophies create the environment where powerful learning opportunities exist inside and outside the classroom and where each student is known, developed, and valued so that they can learn and achieve at high levels, both at Wheaton Academy and beyond.